I know it’s not like I have some big “following” or anything, but one person out there might be asking, “Where the hell has this chick been?” I’ve been debating how to explain this for a couple months now. I started writing some big essay thing and then I thought that was stupid because no one is going to get it or understand or really even care – except me, of course. So, I will just try to explain it “on the fly” here right now.
In a couple of words: Twilight happened. That’s right, I said it: freakin’ TWILIGHT! I knew my friend, Connie, was into the whole thing, but that’s nothing new for her; she’s into that kind of stuff. I did have a desire to read the books, just to see what all the hullabaloo was all about, but I wasn’t in a big hurry to do so. Connie gave me the first book for Christmas last year, but I knew I’d be sucked in for four ginormous books, so I “needed” to read some other books first, like 1984 and Brave New World. Finally, during the first week of September, I cracked it open. At first, all I knew was that I definitely liked the book, but no big deal, right? Suddenly, before I even knew what was happening to me, I was irrevocably and unconditionally (Twilighters will “get” that) in love with the saga. I couldn’t put the book down. I thought about it throughout my day. I mulled over the story and the characters. I wondered what was going to happen next and I replayed what had already happened over and over in my mind – all. day. long. It was madness, I say – MADNESS.
Don’t get me wrong, this is NOT the best writing in the world and I really don’t know of anyone making this claim. However, it is so easy to overlook this fact because the story is so captivating and the characters so enthralling. In fact, Meyer herself has said that she wishes she could go back and rewrite it because she was so “raw” as a writer at the time. As you read each book, you can see her progress as a writer. The writing definitely improves through the series.
Anyway, back to my obsession. I won’t go into the minutiae of my progressive addiction, but I’ll give you a few highlights.
So, as soon as I completed the first book, I watched the movie. I honestly had very, very low expectations because I had seen the commercials and it looked very cheesy to me. I ended up pleasantly surprised. I could go into more detail here, but I’ll save you the scene-by-scene analysis. It was an independent, low-budget movie which was put together well, considering the circumstances. No movie will EVER live up to the book, so get over it. I still enjoyed it for what it was and thought that, overall, the actors and director did a fine job. Then again, I have Twilight goggles, so it’s hard to say if I would have liked it as much if I wasn’t already a Twilight fan.
Then, of course, I went on to read all of the books (I had read them all by the last week of September), started obsessing over fan sites, looking up pictures of the actors, etc. I went to the midnight New Moon movie premiere – something I have never done in my life – and had SO MUCH FUN! It was such a blast seeing it with a bunch of people just like, if not far crazier than, me. I’ve gone on to see it 9 times. Yeah, yeah, go ahead and poke fun. I don’t care. (I really should make it an even 10, but I digress.) I have a New Moon movie review typed up, but I will post it at a later date, if anyone cares to read it.
For those of you who couldn’t care less about Twilight, this part may interest you somewhat. Here’s the thing: It’s not even about Twilight anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love, love, love Twilight and every silly little thing about it. I love that I love the romantic aspects (of which there are many) of the saga. I’ve never been into romance – ever – and yet I love Twlight. While there are aspects of fantasy/sci-fi, action, etc. in the series (which I also enjoy very much), at it’s core, it’s a romance. Without it, there would be no Twilight. I love that I’ve had so many giddy 15-year old girl moments since I started reading it. I love that it’s brought me closer to my friend, Connie. But, perhaps the main thing I love is the fact that Twilight has given me back my sanity. I know, right, that’s a total oxymoron. My insanity over Twilight has brought me sanity? Well, before my Twilight fixation I was a total newsie and completely preoccupied with politics and with what I believe may very well be the destruction of our country. There were days (like, every other day) when I thought my head might literally explode, or like Glenn Beck says, blood was going to shoot right out of my eyes. Now, I only have those days about once a week – quite an improvement! I still pay attention to what is going on. I still listen to talk radio, watch my political shows, etc., but I don’t completely obsess and I’ve reduced the amount of time I spend on it. Now my computer time is divided up between Twilight-related stuff, Facebook, Twitter, and news, which I think is a much better balance. It’s a hobby, like any other, that helps me to forget all the horrific things going on. Who needs an anti-anxiety pill when you’ve got Twilight?
Oh, and I’ve become enraptured by one Robert Pattinson. *Sigh* And since I can’t get any pictures to load tonight, here’s a link to some beautiful pictures of Rob Pattinson, if any of you ladies would like to take a look. http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2009/11/robert-pattinson-vanity-fair-pics-more-outtakes-more-awesomeness/)